The stirring music of Bizet with exceptionally fine lyrics and a fiery front cover. Not to be confused with Carmen Miranda samba queen – that’s the fruity one. In this production “Otto Preminger… has woven together the stirring music of Bizet with exceptionally fine lyrics and the synchronisation of talented actors and actresses…” Synchronisation is a technical term to mean the actors and actresses mime to the songs, these being sung by hidden professional singers or played back from a recording.
Dat’s Love (Habanera)
You Talk Jus’ Like My Maw
Dere’s A Cafe On De Corner
Beat Out Dat Rhythm On A Drum
Stan’ Up An’ Fight
Quintet: Whizzin’ Away Along De Track
Duet And Finale
Probably no film has created more comment in recent years than has Oscar Hammerstein II’s ” Carmen Jones “. The fact that the music of Bizet had been applied to a modem story and a present-day setting, caused purist lovers of the original opera to shudder. However, none was disappointed with the brilliant treatment of this subject and that applies to this LP record, taken from the original sound-track of the film.
As Oscar Hammerstein himself says, “Carmen Jones is not in any way an opera, but is, in fact, a musical play based on an opera. The score of Bizet’s original music has not been altered in any way, nor has the traditional tempo been varied.”
Label: HMV CLP1034